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Official BIO:

What is a bigdumbhick?

 

Short Version: 

Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a 6’7”, 300+lb, bib-overall wearing, solo acoustic singer/songwriter, storyteller from the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Originally from Middle Tennessee, He spent 20 years in the Navy, where he taught himself to play guitar when he wasn’t busy sitting on his ass, smoking cigarettes, reading, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. He’s traveled the world, and he has broken bread and played music with people from every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum.  ”Big”, yes, but he’s not nearly as “Dumb” or as “Hick” as he might initially portray himself to be.

What he is, is a hilarious performer, one who writes darkly humorous songs, songs which will often contain some deep insight or thought provoking idea.  One moment he can have you crying with laughter, and then out of the blue he hits you with something extremely personal and profound that will cause your jaw, and occasionally a few tears, to hit the ground.

What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real. This is not an adapted persona. He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

“Jeff Wall is big, hairy, occasionally profane, and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. – Dan Ray - LevenEleven Brewing, Greensboro NC

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

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Long Version:


Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a solo acoustic singer/songwriter/storyteller from the Piedmont area of North Carolina

At 6’7” and more than 300lbs, it is easy to understand the “Big” part. The “Dumb” part is easy too. Just Look at him. He looks dumb. Big and dumb, like Lennie Small with a guitar in his hands…  but he knows who Lennie Small is and you’re probably going to have to look it up, so maybe he’s not as dumb as he looks.

Originally from Middle Tennessee, At 18, he dropped out of college and joined the Navy, where he specialized in smoking cigarettes, sitting on his ass, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. He’s read a bunch of books. He’s lived all over the US and has traveled the world. He has met, broken bread, and played music with people from every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum.  He’s not nearly as “Dumb” or as Hick” as he might portray himself to be.

While in the Navy he taught himself to play guitar and from that point on it was rare that he didn’t have one close at hand. Whenever he entered a new port, his shipmates would all head for the closest bar, while he would search out local street musicians to play with. He played Gypsy Jazz in a city park in Bari, Italy with a septuagenarian gentleman who told of watching the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli play in the jazz clubs of Paris. He played old American Folk and Cowboy tunes on the streets of Split, Croatia with a young refugee man who was in town to seek treatment for a broken big toe, due to a bomb recently falling on his house in Belgrade.
 
After retiring from the Navy, he settled in North Carolina. He would attend area music Festivals and Fiddlers Conventions just so he could jam around a campfire all night. He played covers in local dive bars and would occasionally sit in with friend’s bands when they came through town. In his mid-50s he decided he finally needed to start writing his own songs. Considering the current strength of the music business and there being such an overwhelming demand for old, fat, grumpy, hairy, hillbilly musicians singing songs about how they can’t get laid anymore, he decided that this was the perfect time to embark upon a career as a Singer/Songwriter.

… Ok, maybe he’s earned that “Dumb” part honestly.

Somehow or another it has all worked out. He is a hilarious, gifted performer, He writes a lot of darkly humorous songs, which often are used to convey some deep insight or idea.  One moment he can have you crying with laughter, and then out of the blue he will hit you with something extremely personal, powerful, and moving causing your jaw, and even a few tears, to hit the ground.

This is not a stage persona. He’s real. What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real.  He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

Jeff Wall is big, hairy, occasionally profane, and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. – Dan Ray - LevenEleven Brewing, Greensboro NC

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

 

 

Tour Dates

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MAILING LIST

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Live Tracks

by Jeff Wall (Bigdumbhick)

These are some live tracks from recent shows. Listen to them here, or right click and ‘Save Link As”in order to download

VIDEOS

An early version of "Erectile Dysfunction Blues" from Feb 2015

An original Gospel song - “Guitars and Titties”

“Rambling Fever” From the Merle Haggard tribute at the Kraken, Chapel Hill, NC, with the House Band: Lance White and Mitch Renkow (gtr), Clay Buckner (fiddle), Rick Mathey (pedal steel), Berkeley Grimbal (sax), Tim Smith (piano), Steve Eisenstadt (bass), David Shore (drums). 6/10/16.

A cover of Tom T. Hall's “That's How I Got To Memphis” - That I learned off a Bobby Bare Recording

A Mickey Newbury song made famous by Kenny Rogers and the movie Big Lewbowski - Recorded live at Puckett’s, Charlotte, NC

The reason for the mask? When this was filmed, I had the flu really bad. A few days later the flu caused me to have a stroke. ‘‘You Can’t Trust a Fart”

A grassed up cover of the great Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters “I Live the Life I Love”

“Seventh Son” written by Willie Dixon, was a big hit for Johnny Rivers

“New Wayfaring Strangers” co-written with Mark “Brink” Brinkman

“I Wanna Be Your Dog”. Who knew Iggy and the Stooges were actually a Hillbilly band?

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Booking the BIGDUMBHICK?

 

"What do you sound like? What kind of music do you play?"

What kind of music do I play? Acoustic Music. Good Music. Bigdumbhick music. I am primarily a solo acoustic folk musician (whatever that means) who plays original songs, and occasionally covers. I have tested positive for Bluegrass. I have heard some describe my music as Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Country-Blues, and Honky-Tonk. Think of a mix of Jimmy Martin and J.J. Cale. There are video and sound samples elsewhere on this site which should help.

”What can I expect at one of your shows?”

YOU CAN EXPECT A FAMILY FRIENDLY SHOW UNLESS OTHER ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN ADVANCE.

When I am playing out, I basically have two different kinds of performances.

1. a Bigdumbhick “Show” or 2. Background or Atmosphere

THE SHOW

A concert or listening room type experience, where people are there to listen to music and the stage is the primary focus of their attention. This usually consists of anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours of all original music, with maybe an occasional cover. What I will do is I will play songs, I will tell jokes and stories, and I will usually interact A LOT with the audience...they are just as much a part of the show as I am. This can be Family Friendly or it be more Adult oriented with some strong language.

Background or Atmosphere

Geared toward breweries and restaurants where people are eating, drinking, and talking to one another. My job in that situation is to provide you with quality music, usually a mix of covers and originals, that is loud enough so that if you want to listen, you can, but not so loud that people can't comfortably talk with each other.

“WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?”

My base prices are:
Solo: 2 hr $150, 3 hr $200
Duo: 2 hr $200, 3 hr $250

Duo can be either with an instrument accompanist or another singer/songwriter

Rates may be adjusted due to a variety of factors including travel distance, etc

I can provide a PA powerful enough for a Small to Medium room

My only requirements are a source of electricity, water, and a chair (I perform seated)

 

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